Sunrisers Hyderabad registered their first victory in this year’s IPL, by steam-rolling Royal Challengers Bangalore by 8 wickets. The match, played at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, saw the visitors first stifle Kohli, Gayle and Co. to just 166 and then chase it down with 16 balls to spare. A whirlwind knock of 57 off 27 balls by SRH skipper David Warner earned him the Man of the Match award.
RCB put into bat, start well
With the threat of rain looming large on the match, Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner wisely decided to bowl first after winning the toss. However, Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli appeared to have made things easy for the hosts with a quickfire 43 run opening stand. But Gayle’s dismissal in the 6th over pushed the run rate down and Virat Kohli could not manage to get into his usual attacking mould. The RCB skipper toiled hard to reach 41 off 36 before being clean bowled by Ravi Bopara!
AB de Villiers plays a lone hand for RCB
It was yet again AB de Villiers who came to the rescue of the Bangalore outfit, which was struggling to deal with its sluggish, below-par run rate. A breezy innings of 46 off 28 from ABD promised to take RCB beyond 180, but the other batsmen failed to respond well. Dinesh Kartik, Mandeep Singh and Darren Sammy fell cheaply and RCB could never get the runs from the other end. They were ultimately bowled out for a score of 166.
David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan blow RCB away
The kind of contest between the bat and the ball that was anticipated in the 2nd innings could never come to fruition. David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan opened the innings in explosive fashion and took the game away from the hosts in no time. Warner, especially, came down hard on RCB’s medium pace battery. Harshal Patel, Sean Abbott and Abu Nechim had to bear the brunt of Warner’s fury, as Dhawan cautiously held on to his end while his partner was on song. 82 runs had already been plundered when Warner fell in the 8th over.
Dhawan, Rahul take Sunrisers Hyderabad home
Yuzvendra Chahal raised hopes of an unlikely RCB comeback, with the wickets of Warner and Williamson within a space of 2 overs. However, the target was too small to let the RCB bowlers get any breathing space even after the double strike. Shikhar Dhawan and Lokesh Rahul had ample time to take control of the chase and steer SRH home in the 18th over. Dhawan also reached his half century in the process.
Brief scores – Sunrisers Hyderabad (172/2 in 17.2 overs, Warner 57, Chahal 2/28) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (166 all out in 20 overs, AB de Villiers 46, Boult 3/36)